This is an excerpt from my New Year’s letter to my Yoga students from 2009. The Tao te Ching, written over 2500 years ago by the sage Lao Tzu, has long been an inspiration and a guide of sorts to me in my practice, teaching and therapy work.

“…Yogis believe that  all are benefitted when we as individuals work to deepen our relationship with the “I” that is ”We”; reconnecting to  that higher part of us that realizes our essential oneness with each other. In this spirit I offer you a heartfelt “Namaste”; I honor the light within you.

I wish to share you with these words from the Tao te Ching, written over 2500 years ago by the Chinese Sage Lao Tzu. It is a beautiful invitation to come home to ourselves, and in doing so allow us greater access to the lasting peace that we seek. To me it speaks to the highest possibilities our practices of  Yoga and Meditation have to offer.

Tao Te Ching
Aphorism 10

Can you coax your mind from its wandering and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become supple as a newborn child’s?
Can you cleanse your inner vision until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from your own mind and thus understand all things?

Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.

Lao Tzu(translated
by Stephen Mitchell)